Title: The Gamekeeper
Date Read: 26th April 2010
Available Online?: YES (although read for this review was the David Coward translation of the story in A Day in the Country and Other Stories (Oxford University Press)).
Briefly: With friends gathered around the table after dinner, the talk switches to hunting and hunting accidents. Up pipes Monsieur Boniface, a ‘great slaughterer of wildlife’, with a hunting story that could definitely be considered different from the norm.
Afterthoughts: Again, an average tale from Maupassant which contains little to set it aside from the norm. The story is certainly imaginative – offering an alternative meaning to the normal definition of ‘hunting’ – but there is little to get overly excited about with this one.
Notable Quote: I found out, last winter, that someone was poaching in the woods of Roseraies, but I couldn’t seem to catch the man. I spent night after night on the lookout for him. In vain. During that time they began poaching over by Ecorcheville. I was growing thin from vexation. But as for catching the trespasser, impossible! One might have thought that the rascal was forewarned of my plans.
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.